Lots of food and events news this week, which makes sense, since people in this neighborhood sure seem to like eating food and doing stuff. Wild times. Elsewhere, ways to improve the community on several fronts.
On to it:
Otaku South founders to launch POP
Big neighborhood talk this week was surely about POP, the new eats/event hub set to take over the Gallatin Ave. space that formerly housed Steve’s Bar and Grill.
POP’s founders — Sarah and Brad Gavigan of beloved local ramen provider Otaku South — are aiming to open in May with a full-service restaurant with seating for 68, access to a large gallery space and a patio. Otaku South will serve out of POP four nights a week for starters (Tuesday through Friday), offering ramen, small plates, Japanese street food, sake, beer and sochu. Beyond Otaku, we can expect plenty of pop-up eats, along with curated food and culture hangs.
“I was certain I would open a Ramen Shop and that would be that, but the space for POP presented itself and I couldn’t say no,” Sarah said. “The opportunity to help other people take their ideas and prove them, to teach them how to operate a successful pop-up restaurant was really exciting to me. ... We are certainly not the first ones to try this concept, but timing is everything and Nashville is ready.”
POP’s first curated event series, (City) meets Nashville, starts this summer, focusing on different chosen cities for each weekend installment and sharing food, music, art and other wares.
Keep up with the scheduled POP stuff as it’s announced on the POP website. If you swing by 604 Gallatin Ave. now, you’ll already see the above POP mural, done by East Nashvillian artist Troy Duff.
Yumeast line-up broadens
If you missed last year’s inaugural Yum! East food fest, looks like this year’s event’ll soothe that bummer quite a bit.
Organizers have added a whole mess of new neighborhood food contributors — the ranks now include many of the folks making East Nashville delicious these days, from Edley’s Barbecue, Pomodoro East and Yeast Nashville to newer (or upcoming) additions Five Points Cocina Mexicana, Two Ten Jack, The Local Taco and The Post.
This year’s fest is set for June 5 at Pavilion East (11th and Fatherland). Check out the growing roundup of 2014 participating restaurants on the Yum! East Facebook page.
East Side doc screenings coming up
We may have mentioned a time or three that local guy Ron Coons' locally focused "East Side of the River" documentary is complete, and screening some in the neighborhood.
On Wednesday, April 16 at The Family Wash, “some special movie stars” will be on hand for the screening, which will also include a small art show, music and the general merriment that comes along with the Wash. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m., and the special musical guests are expected to start up at 9.
Another local documentary -- The Barnes Brothers' "East Nashville Tonight" -- screens in the neighborhood this week too. The folks at weekly alt-comedy gathering Spiffy Squirrel hipped us to the fact that The East Room will also host a screening this Sunday, April 13, after Spiffy Squirrel does their thing at 7:30. (East Room’s at 2412 Gallatin Ave.)
(If you saw an early version of this post that mixed up the movies, please accept apologies and this mouse on a flower.)
Drop a vote in for Lockeland Spring Park rehab
Bridgestone has a sustainability/transformation project contest going called Rethink Green, and a winning green space will snag a $25,000 makeover. The 2.3-acre Lockeland Spring Park is up for the prize, and if it wins, rehab ideas include “a community park, an education and nature lab, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary – the opportunities abound.”
All sounds quite lovely. If you’d like to register your vote (requires an email address and a click), visit the Bridgestone Rethink Green Contest page, and click away.
Help local students while cleaning out your closets
As you get your spring cleaning under way, here’s a suggestion for where to pack all those gently but no-longer used clothes, toys, tools, household goods, small furniture items and such: Donate ‘em to the NextUP Spring Yard Sale, set for Saturday, April 26 at Woodland Presbyterian Church.
You can drop stuff off this Sunday at Sinkers Wine and Spirits (3304 Gallatin Pike) or Friday, April 25 at Woodland Presbyterian, and organizers can arrange pick-up, too.
Proceeds from the yard sale go toward a truly great cause: the Martha O'Bryan Center’s work to help first generation college students in our community succeed as they start school.
Fat Bottom Brewing hosts free music series
Our beer-making friends over at Fat Bottom Brewing kicked off a new weekly live music hang this week. Through the summer, head to 900 Main Street on Thursday nights for Reverberation, which is free. Beer and food, however: gonna cost you.
That’s this week’s stuff. Always interested in hearing any East Nashville news you’d like to share. Reach out!